Madeira Situation Report Wednesday 9th June 2021
By Daniel Fernandes
There were 14 new Covid-19 cases, 57 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.
On Saturday, there were 3 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 16 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 6 and none were in intensive care.
On Sunday, there were 3 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 12 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 4, none of whom were in intensive care.
On Monday, there were 4 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 3 cases of local transmission) and 14 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 3 and none were in intensive care.
And on Tuesday, there were 4 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 15 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital and in intensive care remained the same.
There were 97 active cases on Tuesday, of which 12 had been imported while the other 85 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 9,507 cases, 9,338 recoveries and 72 deaths.
On Tuesday, there were 10 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 84 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 3 patients in hospital, none of whom in intensive care.
On the same day, there were 61 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which were all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.
There were 22,164 travellers under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There were also 393 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.
As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 224,406 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 15h30). By Tuesday, 458,509 samples from RT-PCR tests had been processed and 66,116 antigen rapid tests had been carried out in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 620 calls from Thursday to Tuesday. Overall, it had received 52,066 calls.
The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 11 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 3,620 calls.
Covid-19 Vaccination update.
The 100,000th Covid-19 inoculation in the Region took place on Sunday at around 11h00.
As of May 6th, 40% of the population had been administered the 1st vaccine dose while 24% of the population had been fully vaccinated. A total of 18,489 vaccine doses (7,557 1st doses & 10,932 2nd doses) were administered in the week ending on May 6th.
The plan for this week is to continue to administer vaccines throughout the Region. A highlight will be the continuing vaccination of bed-ridden patients and people with reduced mobility.
The following data was up to date on May 6th:
Number of inoculated people (1st dose) – 101,448 (39.9%) – an increase of 7,557 compared to the previous week
Number of inoculated people (2nd dose) – 61,631 (24.2%) – an increase of 10,932 compared to the previous week
Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (0-17) – 37-0.1% (1st dose) & 14-0.0% (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (18-24) – 1,149-5.1% (1st dose) & 592-2.7% (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (25-49) – 20,919-23% (1st dose) & 9,974-11% (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (50-59) – 21,687-55.1% (1st dose) & 6,919-17.6% (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (60-64) – 15,126-96.2% (1st dose) & 7,460- 47.4% (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (65-69) – 12,963-96.7% (1st dose) & 10,320-77% (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (70-79) – 18,996-100% (1st dose) & 16,150-86.3% (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (80-80+) – 10,571-95.6% (1st dose) & 10,202-92.2% (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered (females) – 59,702 (1st dose) & 36,821 (2nd dose)
Vaccination rate (females) – 44% (1st dose) & 27.2% (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered (males) – 41,746 (1st dose) & 24,810 (2nd dose)
Vaccination rate (males) – 35.2% (1st dose) & 20.9% (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Porto Santo) – 2,888 (1st dose) & 1,453 (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Funchal) – 45,759 (1st dose) & 26,929 (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Câmara de Lobos) – 5,592 (1st dose) & 6,009 (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Ribeira Brava) – 5,159 (1st dose) & 3,481 (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Ponta do Sol) – 3,679 (1st dose) & 2,369 (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Calheta) – 4,993 (1st dose) & 3,172 (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Porto Moniz) – 1,329 (1st dose) & 830 (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (São Vicente) – 2,204 (1st dose) & 1,402 (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Santana) – 3,325 (1st dose) & 2,258 (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Machico) – 7,906 (1st dose) & 5,118 (2nd dose)
Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Santa Cruz) – 14,564 (1st dose) & 8,580 (2nd dose)
As of May 8th, 167,800 Covid-19 vaccine doses (102,151 1st doses & 65,649 2nd doses/full vaccinations) have been administered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
And shipment of 5,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses arrived in the Autonomous Region of Madeira on Tuesday afternoon.
A reminder that the SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) Covid-19 vaccination helpline (SRS VACINA COVID-19) in the Autonomous Region of Madeira is 800 210 263 and its email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
President of the Madeira Regional Government invited Boris Johnson to honeymoon in Madeira.
Miguel Albuquerque (President of the Madeira Regional Government) wrote a letter to Boris Johnson (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) inviting him to spend his honeymoon in Madeira. Miguel Albuquerque reminded that Margaret Thatcher (UK Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990) spent her honeymoon in Madeira in 1951. The letter gives Boris Johnson assurance that Madeira is a safe destination and has even been thought to be the safest destination in Europe.
Miguel Albuquerque expressed his confidence that the policies adopted in Madeira have been shown to be successful in controlling the pandemic. He also explained that careful health policies such as Covid-19 testing on arrival and a booklet of good practices for the tourism sector were implemented in order to safely host tourists while safeguarding both residents and tourists. The letter reminds that there is passenger screening on arrival at airports in Funchal and Porto Santo, whether by presenting a negative PCR test or by testing passengers who don’t have it. Furthermore, the letter also mentioned the MadeiraSafe app that had been introduced in July 2020, which enables monitoring of the health status of travellers. President Albuquerque also mentioned the Madeira Safe to Discover Certificate, which proves compliance with all the relevant policies.
Boris Johnson is also told that on January 4th 2021, the Madeira Regional Government introduced a “Green Corridor” (Corredor Verde) for passengers who have been vaccinated or who had previously been infected with Covid-19.
The letter also mentions the huge amount of work that has been undertaken on testing for Covid-19 in the Region, and the large Covid-19 vaccination campaign that has already ensured more than 40% of the population has been inoculated with at least one vaccine dose.
Towards the letter, Miguel Albuquerque, stressed that the Region has committed to creating conditions to ensure the safety of all residents and travellers so as to protect everybody’s health and to rebuild Madeira’s small economy.
To end the letter, Boris Johnson was reminded of the historic ties that exist between the UK and the Madeira archipelago.
Portugal National Day celebrations.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Portuguese President, arrived in Funchal on Monday evening. Miguel Albuquerque (President of the Madeira Regional Government) and Ireneu Barreto (Portuguese Republic’s Representative to Madeira) were among those who welcomed the Portuguese President at the airport. The main aim of this visit is to take part in the official celebration of Portugal Day (Dia de Portugal, de Camões e das Comunidades Portuguesas – Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities) on June 10th. This year’s ceremony will take place in Funchal and will once again include a military parade and a flypast by Portuguese Air Force F-16s. Another official ceremony will take place in Belgium. Each year, there are official Portugal Day celebrations in a Portuguese city and in a country that hosts a large Portuguese diaspora. The Portuguese President takes part in the ceremony in Portugal and then travels abroad to the take part in the official ceremonies. The Portuguese Prime-Minister has often joined the President in the ceremonies abroad. This dual format has been in place since 2016.
Preparations for the ceremony have been underway for several days. Work is taking place in downtown Funchal, military vehicles have been arriving on the island, NRP Álvares Cabral (a Vasco da Gama-class frigate) docked in Funchal on Tuesday and several F-16s landed in Funchal on Monday.
The military ceremony on Portugal Day will take place on June 10th at 11h00 and will have the following order:
– Military honours: National Anthem and review of the troops on parade
– Ceremony in honour of all Military dead
– Speech by Carmo Caldeira (President of the Organising Committee)
– Speech by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (Portugal’s President)
– Awards presentation
– Military Parade
– Salute to veterans who took part in military operations
New fire-fighting helicopter arrived in Madeira.
A new multi-mission helicopter arrived at the Port of Caniçal. It will be used to fight forest fires in the Region between June 15th and November 14th. A total of €695,000 was invested in this helicopter as part of the regional firefighting plan. Another helicopter arrived last week to enable training for firefighting teams that are deployed by air.
Cruise ship crew member taken to Funchal for medical treatment.
A crew member from the Carnival Dream cruise ship was taken for medical treatment. The cruise ship was sailing from Miami to Marseille and did not dock in Madeira. It merely sailed near the south shore of Madeira, where a rescue vessel collected the crew member. He was then taken to Hospital da Luz. The Funchal Fire Service carried out this operation.
International school helps to attract foreigners to Madeira.
Filipe Ladeira Santos, the President of International Sharing School, said the school has helped attract foreign investment and residents to Madeira. He explained that although there are some Madeiran students at the school, most students are foreign citizens. Some of the foreign languages taught at the school include French, German, Mandarin and Russian. The school is capable of hosting up to 200 students aged 3 to 16.